Étudiant-chercheur étoile June 2016

Yoann Guntzburger

PhD student in Management
HEC Montréal

Award-winning publication: Professional Biases in Ethics Practice and Ethics Education: An Empirical Investigation of Seven Professions

Published in: Journal of Business Ethics Education



The research carried out by Yoann Guntzburger explores the influence of career training on the perceived effectiveness of certain ethical practices. Does career training give rise to judgment biases? Aiming to elucidate the issue, the student-researcher empirically demonstrated the existence of such biases, as well as their diversity in seven professions—a first in the field. The research results suggest that the partial effectiveness of organizational ethics programs is driven by a lack of diversity and adaptability. The study sets out the following recommendations: base programs on practices deemed positive by all professions involved, anticipate resistance from each profession to gradually introduce additional practices and discuss differences to emulate program diversity.